Union attacks LNP for failing to clarify policy for workers

THE NEWMAN Government copped a pointed attack from a manufacturing union on Tuesday accusing the LNP of lacking a policy to protect workers.

A statement from the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union took aim at Premier Campbell Newman for his "failure to spell out his policy for the tens of thousands of manufacturing workers across Queensland".

It follows the closure of a metalworks in Brisbane which left 69 without jobs.

AMWU state secretary Rohan Webb said the Premier's six-month plan, released on Monday, failed to address the challenges faced by workers.

Mr Webb said international competition, the high Australian dollar and mining companies using foreign materials each posed risks to manufacturers.

The AMWU secretary said workers did not want handouts but wanted "intelligent legislation" to help correct an unfair playing field.

Mr Webb pointed to Queensland Treasury figures that showed manufacturing industry was the most vulnerable sector in the state last year

A spokeswoman from the Premier's office said Mr Webb's comments showed the sector had suffered, thanks to a hangover from the previous government.

She said the AMWU had previously endorsed its fast-tracking of projects, including the upgrade of the Bruce Highway and development of the Ella Bay resort near Cairns.

"We are reviving Queensland's economy and empowering businesses by cutting red tape and regulation," she said.

"By working with business and industry - not against it - we can create jobs, opportunity and prosperity."

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